HATERS OF GOD’S WORD

Father God, indeed you are a good God! Thank you for another new day. Help us to make the most of this day by keeping our minds stayed on you. Your word tells us that you keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you. In the name of Jesus, we also ask for continued spiritual, mental, physical and financial healing for us, our families and loved ones. Thank you for your mercy and grace! Thank you for healing!

2 Chronicles 36:5-8 and vs. 15-16 (NIV) explains that “Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD. He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath in God’s name. He became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel. Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful, following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.” The LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.

The Bible gives strong warnings to those who despise and ignore God’s instructions. Proverbs 28:9 says that “If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.” Looking at this scripture, meditating on it, I cannot help but understand that the prayers of people who refuse to listen to the Lords instructions are despicable, disgraceful, shameful, appalling and even vile. These are strong words! People who are unfaithful to the word of God and follow the vile practices of the world, those who are stiff-necked and hardened in their hearts against the Lord, those who become uncomfortable, agitated or get a little angry or defensive and refuse to pay attention to anything having to do with God, the Bible, Jesus or Holy Spirit…these people must understand that their prayers will not be answered because they are despicable to the Lord according to Proverbs 28:9. Furthermore, once God’s wrath is aroused against those who despise His instructions…there will be NO REMEDY!

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DESPISERS

Dear Lord, thank you for such a beautiful day and for all you are doing in the lives of our families and loved ones. Thank you for helping us to go this journey of life with the confidence that you will not leave nor forsake us. In the name of Jesus help us to rightly represent your Holy name by conducting ourselves respectfully and not allowing our emotions to get the best of us. Also Lord, for those who are abundantly blessed materialistically, please don’t let them become over-confident and therefore compromise your Godly principles for ungodly material gains. We thank you for self-control!

2nd Samuel 11 tells how David, a man after God’s heart grossly did evil before the eyes of God. His various sins started when he stayed behind instead of going to war with his men. Did overconfidence cause him to slack off from his duty? Maybe David was slacking from his responsibilities because God gave victory over all his enemies. Anyway, while chilling and taking a stroll across his enormous roof which overlooked his kingdom, David lost all senses when he saw the beautiful Bathsheba bathing. David wanted Bathsheba; he sent for her, he had sex with her, got her pregnant, tried to cover up the pregnancy by having her husband (Uriah) come home from the war and have sex with his wife, Bathsheba so Uriah (her husband) would think the child is his. When this plan failed, David sent Uriah back on the battlefield carrying his death warrant. David arranged for Uriah to go to the front line and die in the direct line of fire.
Brothers and sisters, this is an example of sowing evil. However, we must never forget the reaping season. When we go against the word of God, we demonstrate that we despise the word of God. The Cambridge dictionary defines the term despise as ” to feel a strong dislike for someone or something because you think that the person or thing is bad and has no value. The word of the Lord given by Nathan the prophet to David in 2nd Samuel 12:9 asked David: “Why did you despise the Word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes. Although David admitted his sins and repented of them, he could not escape the wrath of God. He could not escape reaping the evil he sowed.  In 2nd Samuel 12:11 the Lord said, “Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Bad things began to happen to David. David’s life became chaotic and painful.
Listen, some of us may be experiencing times of great hardship. Although sometimes we are tested, there are times of reaping what we’ve sown. Let’s examine our lives. Have we despised the Word of God and disregarded his principles? Could it be some of us are in the reaping season because we despised and went against the Word of God to satisfy our lust and our desires for comfort and material things? It is sad that some of us are so high upon our own pedestals, that we believe our lies and continue the practice of sinning. Refusing to repent is a deadly eternal mistake. If you have sowed evil, though you cannot escape the reaping season, please confess and repent as David did. The mercy of God endures forever. There is still time to avoid the gates of Hell. Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!

AMEN AND AMEN

Warning Against Sin (Isaiah 59 NLT)

Warnings against Sin

Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you,

nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.

Because of your sins, he has turned away

and will not listen anymore.

Your hands are the hands of murderers,

and your fingers are filthy with sin.

Your lips are full of lies,

and your mouth spews corruption.

No one cares about being fair and honest.

The people’s lawsuits are based on lies.

They conceive evil deeds

and then give birth to sin.

They hatch deadly snakes

and weave spiders’ webs.

Whoever falls into their webs will die,

and there’s danger even in getting near them.

Their webs can’t be made into clothing,

and nothing they do is productive.

All their activity is filled with sin,

and violence is their trademark.

Their feet run to do evil,

and they rush to commit murder.

They think only about sinning.

Misery and destruction always follow them.

They don’t know where to find peace

or what it means to be just and good.

They have mapped out crooked roads,

and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace.

So there is no justice among us,

and we know nothing about right living.

We look for light but find only darkness.

We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.

We grope like the blind along a wall,

feeling our way like people without eyes.

Even at brightest noontime,

we stumble as though it were dark.

Among the living,

we are like the dead.

We growl like hungry bears;

we moan like mournful doves.

We look for justice, but it never comes.

We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.

For our sins are piled up before God

and testify against us.

Yes, we know what sinners we are.

We know we have rebelled and have denied the LORD.

We have turned our backs on our God.

We know how unfair and oppressive we have been,

carefully planning our deceitful lies.

Our courts oppose the righteous,

and justice is nowhere to be found.

Truth stumbles in the streets,

and honesty has been outlawed.

Yes, truth is gone,

and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.

The LORD looked and was displeased

to find there was no justice.

He was amazed to see that no one intervened

to help the oppressed.

So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,

and his justice sustained him.

He put on righteousness as his body armor

and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.

He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance

and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.

He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds.

His fury will fall on his foes.

He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.

In the west, people will respect the name of the LORD;

in the east, they will glorify him.

For he will come like a raging flood tide

driven by the breath of the LORD.

“The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem

to buy back those in Israel

who have turned from their sins,”

says the LORD.

“And this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the LORD, have spoken!

Silence of the Sheep

Precious Father God, words cannot express how grateful we are to be here today. In the name of Jesus, we give you praise, honor, and thanksgiving for your majestic grace in allowing us to see this new day. Throughout this day enable us to continuously examine ourselves more than we do others as to discover the error of our own ways. We pray to be more like Jesus! Therefore, Father God, continue to transform our families, loved ones and us by the renewing of our minds so we can be in sync with your plans and purposes upon this earth as it is in heaven! As long as we are in agreement with you Lord God, we know we Win!

I recalled working on a job assignment when a certain so-called highly spiritual man had the full attention of people who professed to be Christians. I too listened, however; I was astonished by the fact that my co-workers, who professed Christianity as their faith, knew nothing of the Bible. This man’s words sounded spiritual and moving, however, he was outright exchanging the truth about God for a lie and worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator, which Romans 1:21 speaks of. The Lords sheep had that “oh how spiritual this mans is” expression on their faces. They were clueless to the fact that this man was opposed to and spoke opposite views of the Bible.

Brothers and sisters, this is what happens when we do not study the Bible. Not knowing the Bible keeps the sheep silent. Keeping silent, many people are misled and doomed to perish right along with those who oppose the Christian faith.  1st John 4:1 plainly tells us “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Colossians 2:8 warns us to “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” In  2nd Timothy 4:1-5 Paul told Timothy, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:  Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.  But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

Brothers and sisters, as Christians we are to speak up and not surrender to myths and fables and outright lies. God is not pleased with the silence of the sheep. By the way, in God’s allotted time, He allowed me to usher this spiritual man into the presence of the Lord. I spoke up when God gave me the opportunity to get him alone. He eventually accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. Praise, honor, and thanksgiving to our God of Great Grace! Amen and Amen!

Whinners

Dear God, thank you for this new day thank you for all you’re doing in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. Father God Help us to be patient and wait for you. Let us not become weary when things aren’t going the way we think they should go. Help us to stay strong and keep hope alive and keep doing our part and continue to trust and believe that all things work for the good of those who love the Lord.
Numbers 11:1-4 says, “Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. When the people cried out to Moses, he prayed to the Lord and the fire died down. So that place was called Taberah, because fire from the Lord had burned among them.”
“Philippians 2:14 tells us to “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,.”
All of us grumble and complain sometimes. However, when we catch ourselves complaining, we may as well ask God to help us to shake it off,  to help us see the situation positively and just keep it moving. A grumbler or complainer is someone who is unhappy with their worldly fate or position in life. Some people whine instead of taking responsibility for wrongdoing. Complaining about unfulfilled desires leads to fights and quarrels. Furthermore, if desires are not satisfied, envy and strife are the results

Guiding the King’s heart where He pleases

People are straight losing it over this next election coming up. Fear is obvious, hate is growing and the crime rate is not getting any lower. However, for those who have not lost their trust in God, this next election should not be a big issues. Even in the days of the exodus, the hardness of the Pharaohs heart help glorify the greatness of God. Remember Proverbs 21:1 says: The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases. So let us not get it twisted, the Great and Lofty One, the Sovereign of all creation, the Master of all universes is watching. His eyes are pierced upon the wickedness going on. It’s just a matter of time before His wrath is unleashed.  We should address our concerns about who’s making decisions in our government to God. Let us pray for the best person to be in office according to the will of God. In the name of Jesus, rebuke and pray against wicked men and women entering into office, then let God work His mighty works. Oh and if we do our research, then ask God who should we vote for, He will most definitely make a way for us to understand who to vote for. Why? Because God sees inside of hearts and minds and knows all things!

“Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.”

Hebrews 2:1-4 says: So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.

Brothers and sisters, these scriptures were warning to the Hebrew people of the dangers of drifting away from the Word of God…from God. Drifting is very dangerous in that often times we don’t even notice that we are actually drifting away. Some of us are in the fast lane moving faster every day and yes I’m sure that some days we all could use a few more hours to accomplish our affairs. However, drifting starts out very subtle… one stops studying the Bible, praying or going to church…actually it can start in various ways. People start to drift when there are rumors going on about someone in the church or someone whom offended him or her.  The subtle drifting takes one into extreme trouble waters……When we are way out in in the deep waters it takes great effort to swim back. We need help getting back to shore.

Stop for a minute, then ask yourself, “Am I drifting?” If the answer is yes…then start swimming back now…Come back! Some of you may be asking how? How do I come back? Well, Peter, when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Shout unto the Lord and ask Him to save you from drifting farther away from Him. Say what David said in Psalm 69:1(NLT) …He said, “Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.”